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The Rose O’Neill

Literary House

Cave Canem Residency

The Rose O’Neill Literary House partners with Cave Canem to provide a month-long residency in historic Chestertown, Maryland annually to one Cave Canem Fellow. Cave Canem’s mission is to serve as “a home for the many voices of African American poetry and is committed to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of African American poets.”

The Cave Canem Residency at The Rose O’Neill Literary House includes a public reading as part of the annual Summer Poetry Salon Series. The Fellow is awarded the use of a private, single-family residence for the entire month of June, along with a $1000 honorarium for living expenses. The Fellow also has the option of a private manuscript consultation with the Director of the Literary House, poet Jehanne Dubrow. 

Applicants should send a brief statement of purpose, a CV, and a 10-page poetry sample to Director Jehanne Dubrow:

The Rose O’Neill Literary House

Washington College

300 Washington Avenue

Chestertown, Maryland 21620


For the 2016 Cave Canem Residency at The Rose O’Neill Literary House, applications will be accepted if postmarked by March 15, 2016. The winning candidate will be notified no later than March 31, 2016.



A recipient of fellowships to the Cave Canem Foundation, the Prague Summer Writing Institute, the Fine Arts Work Center Walker Fellowship and the Vermont Studio Center, Kamilah Aisha Moon’s work has been featured widely, including in Harvard Review, jubilat, Poem-A-Day for the Academy of American Poets, Oxford American, Callaloo, Villanelles,and Gathering Ground. A Pushcart Prize winner, she was also a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and the Audre Lorde Award from the Publishing Triangle. Moon holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and is the author of She Has a Name (Four Way Books).

Kamilah Aisha Moon will be in-residence at Washington College from Monday, June 1 - Tuesday, June 30, 2015.  She will also give a reading as part of the Second Summer Poetry Salon of 2015 on Tuesday, June 23 at 4:30 p.m.



2014 - Jamaal May

2013 - Yona Harvey

2012 – Kevin Vaughn

2011 – Arisa White